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Our History

Acting For Change International was founded by Kotaiba Alabdullah, a refugee from the Syrian city of Palmyra in October 2016, as a Syrian refugee-led initiative originally called Acting For Change Jordan. After several organisations he had been volunteering with ended their operations, Kotaiba continued to support the communities he had worked with, through organising distributions of food, clothes, medical items and school supplies.

Since our founding, we have both developed ourselves as an organisation, and our project in Zaatari Village from the ground up.


In February 2017, we began sending volunteers to the village to teach informal English classes to the Syrian children who, at the time, were unable to attend Jordanian government schools. With the support of our volunteers and our local teachers from the village, this has developed into our literacy building project.

The AFCI Training Centre is currently operating five days per week and is providing regular classes to approximately 120 children.

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